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A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.


Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 


Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Celebrating Educational Excellence. LESD is proud to boast 12 "A" Schools.

LESD is making the grade! We are proud to boast 12 “A” Schools. 

Today the Arizona Department of Education released the 2021-22 A-F School Letter Grades. The Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) has increased its number of “A” schools from six to 12. This is the first release of letter grades since the 2018-2019 school year due to the pandemic. 

These reports provide information about math and ELA growth and proficiency, growth and proficiency of English language learners, and other indicators, such as proficiency increases in student demographic groups.  The letter grades provide only a snapshot of the excellence in education you have come to know in the Litchfield Elementary School District.

We are incredibly proud of our hard-working students and educators, who have put forth their best efforts under extremely difficult conditions. As a district, our focus is on continuous improvement and ensuring our students recover from any learning loss experienced during the pandemic.

We appreciate the support of our families, staff, and community members as we work together to achieve academic success for all LESD students.

School 2021-2022 2018-2019
Barbara B. Robey Elementary School A B
Belen Soto Elementary School A NA
Corte Sierra Elementary School A C
Dreaming Summit Elementary A B
L. Thomas Heck Middle School C B
Litchfield Elementary School A B
Mabel Padgett Elementary School A A
Palm Valley Elementary B A
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School A A
Scott L Libby Elementary School A A
Verrado Elementary School A A
Verrado Heritage Elementary School A A
Verrado Middle School A B
Western Sky Middle School A B
Wigwam Creek Middle School B B

Arizona Department of Education A-F Letter Grades